This conference, jointly organized by Maastricht School of Management, the German Development Institute and the Austrian Foundation for Development Research, aimed to further polcy-oriented research and debates on
- Transformations in rural economies on and off -farm: Changes in farm management or farm organization to upscale agricultural production, to make farm production better meet market demand, to increase sustainability and resilience of agriculture and to create rural economic development.
- Development of agro-industry clusters: Entrepreneurial initiatives that change the agri-business structure resulting in geographical concentration of input suppliers, agro-management services, trading firms, and especially food processors serving national, regional and international markets.
- Role of markets and value chains: Initiatives to upscale, improve and diversify agricultural production, processing and trade by firms that dominate agricultural value chains, including linkages to non-agriculture sectors.
- Role of price vulnerability: Mechanisms to ensure a high price share for farmers and deal with price risks and income (in-) stability in agricultural value chains
Extract of the program:
- Tigist Mekonnen Melesse Agricultural Technology Adoption and Market Participation under Learning Externality: Impact Evaluation on Small-scale Agriculture from Rural Ethiopia
- Ogunniyi Adebayo, Kehinde Olagunju Impact of Agricultural innovation on improved livelihood and productivity outcomes among smallholder farmers in Rural Nigeria